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Unformatted text preview: all have to rearticulate it. That sounds like a daunting
task, and of course it is, but it is not nearly as impossible as erasing whiteness altogether , as the abolitionist project seeks to do.
Furthermore, because whiteness is a relational concept, unintelligible without reference to nonwhiteness -- note how this is true
even of Roediger's formulation about "build[ing] an identity based on what one isn't" -- that rearticulation (or reinterpretation, or deconstruction) of whiteness
can begin relatively easily, in the messy present, with the recognition that whiteness already contains substantial
nonwhite elements. Of course, that recognition is only the beginning of a large and arduous process of political labor,
which I shall address in the concluding section of this paper. Notwithstanding these criticisms of the abolitionist project, we consider many of its insights to be vital
components in the process of reformulating, or synthesizing, a progressive approach to whiteness. Its attention is directed toward prescisely the place where the neoliberal racial project is weak: the point at which white identity consti...
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